Our Staff

“PEN enables parents and teachers to better understand the others' perspectives and work—together—in the best interests of the child. PEN offers an unparalleled collection of meetings, lectures and seminars that are receiving national attention.”
— Rick Lavoie

Visit EdRevSF.org for information about EdRev, our annual gathering at AT&T Park, San Francisco.
EdRev 2017 will take place Saturday April 22nd!

Diverse, hard-working and multi-talented, our team shares a passion for delivering the programs that engage and empower parents, educators and students to deepen their understanding of learning and attention differences.

Melissa Fedoronko, Executive Director
Paul Assen, Communications Director

Paul has lived in San Francisco with his wife Christina for the past ten years. He has been with PEN in a number of roles since 2008, before which he spent several years as an ESL instructor in the US, Ireland and South Korea. He has a BA in English and Anthropology from the National University of Ireland. In his spare time he likes to read, travel and explore the beauty of the Bay Area through hiking and birding.

Rebecca Hayes, Development and Administrative Associate

Rebecca was born and raised in San Francisco. After living in Oregon, Argentina, and Spain, she’s happy to be back in her favorite city. 

Rebecca graduated from Willamette University with a dual-degree in Politics and Spanish.  As an undergraduate, she interned at the Oregon State Capitol, worked at the university’s Writing Center, and prepared lattes for her classmates.  She also spent her junior year studying abroad in Buenos Aires.  After graduating, she interned for Beyond 12 and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  Most recently, she worked as a language assistant in Andalucía with students aged 6 to 16.

Rebecca is thrilled to join PEN’s staff.  She looks forward to collaborating with PEN’s community to advance success for all students.   

In her spare time, Rebecca likes to ride bikes, see friends, and pet cats.   

Irina Mashevsky, Accountant
Kina Wilde

KinaWilde moved to Fremont, California with her husband, Ben, and their two children five years ago and has loved living in the Bay Area every day since. Her work background is in photojournalism, communications, and entrepreneurship. Kina is passionate about building dynamic, engaging communities rooted in communication and cooperation and is excited to be working with the students, parents, and facilitators involved in the SAFE program.Kina received an associate’s degree in photography from Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho; an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in history, psychology, and political science from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah; and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.